Wednesday , 22 September 2021

Vermilion RCMP investigate oilfield vandalism with damages up to $300,000

At approximately 9:00 PM on Feb. 15, 2019, unknown person(s) entered an oilfield facility in the area of Highway 881 and Range Road 91.

In an attempt to steal copper wire the culprit(s) caused extensive damages to the electrical wiring of the facility and caused an uncontrolled release of crude oil effluent.

The product release was contained to the lease site by existing environmental precautions and is in the process of being remediated.

Damages are estimated in the neighbourhood of $250,000.00 to $300,000.00.

Witnesses in the area report seeing an older blue Dodge truck with four doors and tinted windows in the area, at the time of the offence.

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking if you have information about this incident to please call the Vermilion RCMP at 780-853-4441 or call your local police.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.